NEW YORK (AP) — Merriam-Webster has chosen “justice” as its 2018 word of the year.
Editor at large Peter Sokolowski said ahead of Monday’s announcement the word experienced specific spikes in lookups on the company’s website for much of the year. It also consistently bubbled up in the rankings from somewhere in the top hundreds of searches into the top 20 or 30 through 2018.
Merriam-Webster’s word of the year follows the Oxford Dictionaries choice of “toxic” and Dictionary.com’s pick of “misinformation.”
Among Merriam-Webster’s runners-up are “maverick,” which spiked after the death of Sen. John McCain, and “respect,” which did the same following Aretha Franklin’s passing.
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CHICAGO (AP) — Melker Karlsson, Evander Kane, Kevin Labanc, Tomas Hertl and Logan Couture each had a goal and an assist, and the San Jose Sharks rallied to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 7-3 on Sunday night for their fourth straight win.
Marcus Sorensen and Barclay Goodrow also scored for the Sharks, who connected for three unanswered goals in the second period to take charge. Brent Burns had three assists for San Jose, which has won six of seven and climbed into a tie with Anaheim for second in the Pacific Division.
Chicago goalie Corey Crawford left the game with 1:30 left in the first period after the back of his head struck the right post during a goalmouth pileup. He allowed two goals on eight shots and exited with the Blackhawks leading 3-2.
Alex DeBrincat, Dylan Strome and Brendan Perlini scored in the first period for last-place Chicago, which lost for 10th time in its last 11 games despite grabbing an early 2-0 lead. Cam Ward replaced Crawford and gave up five goals on 35 shots.
Martin Jones started in goal for San Jose, but was replaced by Aaron Dell late in the first after allowing Chicago’s three goals on four shots. Dell blocked all 16 shots he faced as the Sharks roared back.
The 33-year-old Crawford was pulled from a Dec. 23, 2017, game at New Jersey with a concussion, then missed the remainder of the 2017-18 season and the first five games of 2018-19. He returned on Oct. 18 against Arizona and was 6-14-2 with a 3.23 goals-against average in 22 games entering Sunday’s contest.
The Blackhawks opened the scoring for only the second time in their last 13 games and led 3-2 after one period. Opponents had outscored Chicago 27-8 in the first period during that span.
The Blackhawks scored on their first two shots, 47 seconds apart early in the first period, to grab a quick 2-0 lead.
DeBrincat opened the scoring 2:34 in. Jones got his right pad on DeBrincat’s 35-foot shot from the left circle, but the puck rolled over and in. Strome made it 2-0 from the slot on a deflection of Connor Murphy’s shot from the right point.
The Sharks tied it 2-all midway through the first on goals 42 seconds apart by Karlsson and Sorensen.
Karlsson beat Crawford on the stick side with a wrist shot from the circle at 9:58 to cut Chicago’s lead to 2-1. Sorensen tied it from the crease when he swept in a backhander from the crease after taking a pinpoint pass from Joe Thornton.
Perlini put Chicago back in front, 3-2, at 12:54 on a rebound after Dylan Sikura broke in and was stopped by Jones. Dell replaced Jones at the start of a penalty to San Jose’s Brenden Dillon a minute later.
Crawford was injured with 90 seconds left in the first.
Crawford had just made a pad save on Couture, who had broken in off the wing. As Couture cut across the crease, Strome tried to cut him off and slashed him.
At the same moment, Kane plowed into Strome from behind and Strome tumbled into Crawford, forcing the goalie into the goalpost. Kane was assessed a minor penalty for goaltender interference.
The Sharks scored three times on 14 shots against Ward in the second period to take a 5-3 lead.
Kane tied it 3-all at 4:21 of the period with a power-play goal, firing in a rebound of Brett Burns’ shot from the points.
Goodrow put San Jose ahead 4-3 at 7:36 with a midair deflection of Justin Braun’s drive from the top of the slot.
Couture made it 5-3 with 3:44 left in the second when Dillon’s shot from the point struck the shaft of his stick and flipped past Ward.
Labanc scored on wrist shot from the circle with 6:57 left in the third to make it 6-3. Hertl completed the scoring with 1:33 left
NOTES: Labanc the game early in the second period after being hit in the face by a stick, but returned. … Blackhawks C Artem Anisimov (concussion protocol) missed his second game. He suffered the injury in the third period of Wednesday’s 6-3 win over Pittsburgh. . Chicago D Gustav Forsling (shoulder) and D Brandon Davidson (knee) have resumed skating.
Sharks: At Minnesota on Tuesday.
Blackhawks: Host Nashville on Tuesday
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NEW YORK (AP) — A New York mother who had her toddler yanked from her arms by police in a widely seen video says she went into “defense mode.”
Jazmine Headley told The New York Times she refused to move after a security guard “viciously” told her she couldn’t sit on the floor of the Brooklyn social services office on Dec. 7.
She says she asked to see a supervisor. The security guards returned with two police officers.
In the interview published Sunday, Headley said her memory of the incident is blurry. She says she picked up her son and tried to leave after one of the officers said they didn’t want to arrest her.
Police say that’s when one of the guards grabs the 23-year-old mother’s arm and they fall to the ground.
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CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago goalie Corey Crawford left the Blackhawks’ game against the San Jose Sharks on Sunday with 1:30 left in the first period after the back of his head struck the right post during a goalmouth pile-up.
Crawford suffered a concussion on Dec. 23, 2017, at New Jersey that forced him to miss the remainder of the 2017-18 season and the first five games of 2018-19. He returned on Oct. 18 against Arizona and was 6-14-2 with a 3.23 goals-against average in 22 games entering Sunday’s contest.
Crawford had just made a left pad save on Logan Couture, who had broken in off right wing. As Couture cut across the crease, Chicago’s Dylan Strome tried to cut him off and slashed him.
At the same moment, San Jose’s Evander Kane plowed into Strome from behind and Strome tumbled into Crawford, forcing the goalie into the goalpost.
Kane was assessed a minor penalty for goaltender interference.
Crawford allowed two goals on eight shots and left with Chicago leading 3-2. He was replaced by Cam Ward.
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ROCKFORD (WREX)- Local leaders say the former North Main Nursing Home is expected to be demolished following a fire Saturday night.
Due to the heavy damage from Saturday night’s fire the building off North Main is expected to come down.
“As sad as it is to see the artwork go, this is really going to be a new page for the area,” City of Rockford 9th Ward Alderman, Bill Rose said.
The former North Main Nursing Home has been through a lot over the years from being a thriving nursing home, to turning into a blighted property, to recently this past summer being cleaned up and boarded.
Most recently, the building went up in flames, leaving the building in disarray. The City says the building will have to come down due to safety issues, however, that demolition cannot be completed until asbestos is removed from the building.
However, local leaders say this is a chance for the area to have a fresh start by removing the building completely to bring in a park or maybe even some new development..
“Now seeing this fire taking place its a little bit of a disappointment for all those people who put in all that hard work, but also it gives us the opportunity to move forward and really change the layout of the land here,” Rose said.
The City says its unclear when the building will be able to come down until tests are completed for asbestos.
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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Rookie running back Jaylen Samuels, making his second start in place of injured James Conner, ran for a career-high 142 yards and made a critical third-down reception in the fourth quarter as Pittsburgh snapped a three-game losing streak by holding off the New England 17-10 on Sunday.
Ben Roethlisberger threw for 235 yards with two first-half touchdowns and two interceptions as the Steelers (8-5-1) remained in front of Baltimore in the AFC North with two weeks to go in the season. Chris Boswell, who has struggled so badly this season the team held open tryouts during the week, atoned for a 32-yard miss in the third quarter by drilling a 48-yarder with 2:30 remaining.
Pittsburgh’s defense, which let fourth-quarter leads slip away each of the last two games, made it stand. The Patriots (9-5) missed a chance to clinch their 10th straight AFC East title when Brady’s pass into the end zone for Julian Edelman was knocked down by Pittsburgh’s Morgan Burnett.
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MILWAUKEE (AP) — DeAndre Abram had 25 points and 11 rebounds and Vance Johnson scored 17 points to help Milwaukee beat D-III Wisconsin Lutheran 87-64 on Sunday.
Abram was 10-of-17 shooting, including 4 of 9 from 3-point range, and added four assists and two blocks. Darius Roy had 13 points, Jake Wright scored 11 and Bryce Barnes 10 for Milwaukee (4-8).
Abram hit a 3-pointer to open the scoring, made another 3 to make it 10-0 and the Panthers never trailed. Caleb Goldstein’s 3-pointer capped an 8-2 run that spanned halftime and pulled Wisconsin Lutheran within seven, but Milwaukee scored the next 13 points to push its lead to 56-36 with 15:41 to play and the Warriors trailed by at least 16 the rest of the way.
The Panthers shot 51 percent (31 of 61) from the field and hit a season-high 14 3-pointers.
Mack Knueppel had 13 points, Andrew Bruggink scored 12 and Collin Kennedy added 10 points for Wisconsin Lutheran.
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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The state of Maine has shut down a Facebook page detailing the potential dangers of marijuana use in response to a satirical page launched by pro-pot critics.
State Center for Disease Control spokeswoman Emily Spencer tells Maine Public that Maine took the page down out of concerns about consumer confusion, misinformation and message dilution. She said Maine asked Facebook to review the satire page for compliance with standards.
Maine launched the online awareness campaign earlier this fall, with a budget over $300,000. A related website remains active.
Critics called Maine’s page “prohibition propaganda” at a time when marijuana is legal for medical and recreational uses in Maine.
Marijuana advocate Paul McCarrier, who says he wasn’t involved in the satire site, says Maine’s response demonstrates the ineffectiveness of the original campaign.
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LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — Sophia Elenga scored 12 points, three players scored 10 each and No. 17 Arizona State showed its depth and balance, defeating Kansas State 65-51 Sunday in the Battle by the Bluff on the Wisconsin-La Crosse campus Sunday.
Reili Richardson, Robbi Ryan and Kianna Ibis each scored 10 for the Sun Devils (8-2), who pushed their win streak to six games. Arizona State’s losses were by a combined eight points to No. 3 Baylor and No. 4 Louisville.
Kayla Goth scored 19 and Peyton Williams picked up her fifth double-double of the season with 17 points and 12 rebounds for Kansas State (7-3), which saw its four-game win streak come to an end.
Ryan buried a jumper at the third-quarter buzzer and Arizona State led 48-41 to start the final 10 minutes. Williams and Goth brought the Wildcats to within three points, 48-45 right off the bat, but Elenga buried a jumper to push the lead back to five.
The teams traded baskets until Ibis swiped the ball from Williams and Elenga finished with a fast-break layup with 4:02 remaining that sparked an 8-0 run to put the game away.
Arizona State forced 13 turnovers.
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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Nick Ward scored 22 of his 28 points in a nearly perfect first half to help No. 9 Michigan State rout Green Bay 104-83 on Sunday night.
Ward made all nine of his field goal attempts in the first half, although he did miss a free throw. The Spartans (9-2) made their last seven shots of the half to take a 64-35 lead.
Ward also made his first two shots of the second half and finished 12 of 13.
Sandy Cohen III scored 22 points for Green Bay, which actually led 24-20 before a 27-4 run by Michigan State. The Phoenix (6-6) had only one timeout left by halftime, but nothing they tried was enough to slow the Spartans.
The 6-foot-9, 245-pound Ward was particularly impressive in transition. Seconds after a made basket by Green Bay, Ward beat everyone down the court for a layup that made it 40-28 and led to one of Green Bay’s timeouts.
The end of the half was an even bigger fiasco for the Phoenix. Cassius Winston made a layup in the final seconds for Michigan State, but there was enough time for Xavier Tillman to steal the ball and add a 3-pointer.
For a while, the Spartans appeared to have a chance to break the school record of 121 points. They had 75 with 15:00 remaining, but they couldn’t quite keep up that pace.
Green Bay: The Phoenix have put up plenty of points this season. They were averaging 85 points before Sunday. But they weren’t able to take Michigan State out of its comfort zone, and they didn’t do a good job stemming the tide when the Spartans went on their first-half run.
Michigan State: It was an energetic performance by Ward and the Spartans after a seven-day layoff. Michigan State had 31 assists on 38 baskets and outrebounded Green Bay 56-34. Sixteen different players played for the Spartans, and coach Tom Izzo was even able to play an all-freshman lineup for a bit toward the end.
No. 4 Gonzaga lost to North Carolina this weekend. The question is whether it would be too much of a jump for the Spartans to pass the Bulldogs.
Green Bay: This was the second of four straight road games for the Phoenix. They play at Evansville on Saturday.
Michigan State: The Spartans host Oakland on Friday night.
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